Sweetwater Detective Arrested on Fraud Charges

Officials said Detective William Garcia was manufacturing false credit cards between 2010 and 2011.

A Sweetwater Police detective has been arrested on charges of credit card fraud and identity theft, officials said Wednesday.

William Garcia was charged with one count of counterfeit access device and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Authorities say Garcia used his credit card to help create fraudulent credit cards from late 2010 to 2011. He hid the evidence when he learned that a co-conspirator had been arrested and kept and used the false credit cards that he claimed had been seized during the course of his duties, the release said.

Garcia's arrest comes just weeks following the arrest of Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono on public corruption charges.

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